Man (18) sentenced over Ennis hoax calls

Man (18) sentenced over Ennis hoax calls

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Ennis Court House - © Pat Flynn 2014
Ennis Court House – © Pat Flynn 2014

An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison at Ennis District Court after he was found guilty of making two hoax calls to the Emergency Services in late 2013 and again in June of this year.

Judge Patrick Durcan said the man had acted “reprehensibly” in making the hoax calls which both claimed a person had entered the River Fergus.

Speaking in Court yesterday, Ennis Garda Inspector Tom Kennedy told Judge Durcan that the costs associated with the call-out for the rescue helicopter to the first hoax call in November 2013 were at least 5,000 euro with an additional €1,600 associated with the Fire Service call-out.

The Irish Times reports that a separate hoax call made on June 16th did not result in the emergency services being scrambled as a member of the public had overhead the accused make the call when it was clear no person had entered the river. He was later arrested.

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